Letter & Spirit, Vol. 4: Temple and Contemplation: God's Presence in the Cosmos, Church, and Human Heart

Temple and Contemplation

God's Presence in the Cosmos, Church, and Human Heart


This is the fourth annual volume of the remarkably popular journal of biblical theology edited by Scott Hahn and his St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. This volume features important new works by Hahn, Gary Anderson, John Cavadini, Brant Pitre, among others. Inspired by the ground-breaking work of Yves Congar and Jean Danielou, this volume includes original and thought-provoking contributions on such topics as: the Tabernacle and the origins of Christian mysticism; Jesus’ “self-consciousness” of being the new Temple and the new High Priest; and the doctrine of the “indwelling” of the Trinity in the soul; Hahn contributes a new perspective on the Gospel of John, showing how Israel’s Temple and feasts are fulfilled in Christ and the sacraments of the Church. As the editors write in their introduction to this volume: “The Temple theme is perhaps the richest in all of biblical theology, embracing the mysteries of Christ, Church, and Kingdom; liturgy, sacraments, and priesthood; salvation, sanctification, and divine filiation. These are the beautiful mysteries we contemplate in this volume of Letter & Spirit.”

Table of Contents


  • Towards a Theology of the Tabernacle and its Furniture
    Gary A. Anderson
  • Jesus, the New Temple, and the New Priesthood
    Brant Pitre
  • The Rejected Stone and the Living Stones: Psalm 118:22–23 and New Testament Christology and Ecclesiology
    Michael Giesler
  • Temple, Sign, and Sacrament: Towards a New Perspective on the Gospel of John
    Scott W. Hahn
  • Temple, Holiness, and the Liturgy of Life in Corinthians
    Raymond Corriveau, C.S.s.R.
  • The Indwelling of Divine Love: The Revelation of God’s Abiding Presence in the Human Heart
    Thomas Dubay, S. M.


  • Living Stones in the House of God: The Temple and the Renewal of Church Architecture
    Denis R. McNamara
  • “The Mystery of His Will”: Contemplating the Divine Plan in Ephesians
    William A. Bales
  • “You Are Gods, Sons of the Most High”: Deification and Divine Filiation in St. Cyril of Alexandria and the Early Fathers
    Daniel A. Keating
  • Scripture, Doctrine, and Proclamation: The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Renewal of Homiletics
    John C. Cavadini

Tradition & Traditions

  • The Sign of the Temple: A Meditation
    Jean Cardinal Daniélou
  • Church, Kingdom, and the Eschatological Temple
    Yves M.-J. Cardinal Congar

Reviews & Notices

  • Christopher J. H. Wright, The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative
  • Aidan Nichols, Lovely Like Jerusalem
  • Robert L. Wilken, Isaiah: Interpreted by Early Christian and Medieval Commentators
  • John T. Pennington, Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew
  • The Great Commentary of Cornelius a Lapide, 4 vols.
  • Matthew A. Levering, Participatory Exegesis
  • G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson, eds., Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament